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How Not to Diet

The Groundbreaking Science of Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss
Narrated by: Michael Greger MD
Length: 23 hrs and 42 mins
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Discover the cutting-edge science behind long-term weight loss success in this powerful new audiobook from the New York Times best-selling author of How Not to Die. 

Every month seems to bring a trendy new diet or weight-loss fad - and yet obesity rates continue to rise and with it, a growing number of diseases and health problems. It’s time for a different approach.  

Enter Dr. Michael Greger, the internationally renowned nutrition expert, physician, and founder of Nutritionfacts.org. Author of the mega-best-selling How Not to Die, Dr. Greger now turns his attention to the latest research on the leading causes - and remedies - of obesity.   

Dr. Greger hones in on the optimal criteria to enable weight loss, while considering how these foods actually affect our health and longevity. He lays out the key ingredients of the ideal weight-loss diet - factors such as calorie density, the insulin index, and the impact of foods on our gut microbiome - showing how plant-based eating is crucial to our success.  

But How Not to Diet goes beyond food to identify 21 weight-loss accelerators available to our bodies, incorporating the latest discoveries in cutting-edge areas like chronobiology to reveal the factors that maximize our natural fat-burning capabilities. Dr. Greger builds the ultimate weight-loss guide from the ground up, taking a timeless, proactive approach that can stand up to any new trend.   

Chock full of actionable advice and groundbreaking dietary research, How Not to Diet will put an end to dieting - and replace those constant weight-loss struggles with a simple, healthy, sustainable lifestyle.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Michael Greger, MD, FACLM (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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How Not to Diet WORKS!

I was literally jumping for joy when How Not to Diet finally arrived on my doorstep, and even more thrilled to be listening to the audio book, narrated by the delightful Dr Greger himself.
I can't emphasize this enough. This is the holy grail of "diet" books. In their latest not-for-profit crusade, and in unprecedented fashion throughout the multibillion dollar diet industry, Dr Michael Greger and 115 of NutritionFacts.org's volunteer researchers have undertaken the seemingly insurmountable task of vetting and reviewing countless studies to present the best evidence to date on what works and doesn't work for healthy long-term weight loss, revealing vital groundbreaking surprises in a blend of modalities to expedite fat loss while optimizing nutrition, health and longevity, debunking long standing myths and some of the most harmful popular diet trends that tend to throw caution to the wind in favor of short-term superficial results, if any.
This book is ground zero, redefining weight management for the generations to come, by way of preventative approaches to combating the leading causes of death and disease.
There is a sincere warmth that emanates from Dr Greger's words in How Not to Diet, that creates a safe atmosphere around an emotionally charged topic. His big picture examination of the factors that effect weight are presented in a way that comprehensively demystifies, with credible evidence based science, perhaps the most convoluted health subject of our time. Coupled with his light hearted humour, the book is fascinating and engaging, with meaningful entertaining details jeweled throughout. Reading this book, not only brought me clarity after decades of personal weight struggles, but unexpectedly released a deep shame I'd carried with me, by illuminating the biological, environmental, lifestyle and nutritional mechanisms that play an intricate role in how and why our bodies store excess fat. Meanwhile, he presents clear uplifting solutions that empower the reader to take immediate action with an abundant spectrum of positive habits to add to one's routine, to crowd out choices that might be detracting from optimal progress. A focus on abundance as opposed to deprivation, it's a refreshing and effective approach. I am taken with such gratitude for the extraordinary effort made by Dr Greger and his team of researchers in putting together this wealth of knowledge in such an inviting, nurturing and easy to understand format, aided by simple daily checklists mirrored in the free Daily Dozen app. I am so delighted and relieved to be equipped with these tools, to finally be on the path to a healthier weight, and equally excited to witness the transformative effect this information will have for others who struggle with weight issues. This book is a must have for anyone who's ever faced weight loss challenges or hopes to preemptively avoid such difficulties.

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Meh

The secret to weigh loss according to this book is simple, but it is not easy. There is in fact no secret at all: don't eat junk, don't eat after 7 pm and exercise 90 minutes a day.
What is different about this book is that the author took time to analyze and discuss different weight loss theories and diets (i.e. keto, low carb, intermittent fasting) and discredit al of them.
The author presents some interesting ideas worth trying, however, if one can get past the difficult to follow narration. Overall, I found some value in the book, but almost gave up so many times throughout because of the difficulty in following the narration.

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As expected! Tremendous!!

if you know Dr.Greger, he keeps true to form with his animated delivery and memorable explanations and serious content! it is like 40 books in one, of evidence based nutrition. Thanks to Dr. Greger and his team for making research so accessible. bravo!

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Audio voice difficult to listen to

Wow, love the content but the voice audio is so hard to listen to. Slow speech, then extremely fast, weird tone difficult to listen to as audiobook...

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His narration is AWESOME!

I don’t know why so many people don’t enjoy his narration. I find him engaging to listen too. It’s not monotone or boring, and his voice is lovely! It’s like a real person is reading it, not a robotic sounding like so many audiobooks are.

The book is amazing too, obviously. Everyone should listen/read it!

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Annoying Audio

The book is great if you can get past how the author reads it out. He has a very unusual (and annoyingly affected) reading style. With decent audio, this book would be much, much better.

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Best Book ever!

So many quick and easy fixes that can be added to my day for best health and weight management. I trust Dr. Greger and his research as I experience the results in my personal life.

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Packed with lots of well researched information!

I loved that this book is based on lots of research. One plus is learning tons of information about weight loss with practical tips on what you can do in daily life to obtain reduced weight. One minus is the same- taking in tons of info takes a lot of time. But I love it!

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INCREDIBLE!

I have been listenining to this book non-stop. It definitely has everything I was hoping for!

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The most comprehensive look at Weight Loss ever!

dr. Greger and his team really looked at every aspect of weight loss, current fad diets and so much more. this book is a phenomenally comprehensive study of the studies, giving you everything you need to know about weight loss from a fully evidence-based perspective. it's a lot of information, but an incredible book

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  • Penny Gober
  • 2019-12-14

Amazing

Wow just WOW!!!! Amazing book. It is mind-blowing the level of dedication Dr.Greger put into this book. It is "an evidence-based diet book"( Dr.Greger). Complete with the scan QR code in the back that links to thousands of cited references that is used to provide evidence-based facts. I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND reading this book from cover to cover. This is not for people who just want a quick fix but if you care about yourself and want to BE HEALTHY and be at your ideal weight. This book is for you.

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  • Joshua
  • 2019-12-28

I’m floored by what I didn’t know

I learned so manny new things and I keep going back for more. I re-listen to the part on ways to boost weight loss when I need motivation to keep at it and as a result I lost 9 lbs in 10 days! This is the best program i have ever tried. I’m gonna stay with it till I lose another 38 lbs and then just do the daily dozen after that and enjoy feeling good and being lean again just like when I was a teen! I love dr. Gregors style and his humor makes it more interesting. I have no complaints or any criticism. I am full at the end of each of my 3 meals each day no exceptions and I have lots of energy and clarity. I came to this from an intermittent fasting program and this is much better.

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  • J. Miller
  • 2020-01-06

Don’t ignore the narration reviews! It’s so bad!!

I love Dr. Greger’s message and wanted to listen to ALL of the research. However, I absolutely cannot do any more of this book (I’m about 6 hours in at 1.25 speed) due to the sing-song nature of the narration. It’s beyond distracting; it’s unlistenable, teeth-grating and annoying. The facts I want to retain leave my brain instantly due to the aggravation factor. I ignored the MULTIPLE reviews regarding how bad the narration was thinking I’ll be able to deal with it. No, just, no. It’s worse than you think. I believe somehow this must be some kind of blind research to see who will listen for how long before calling it quits. Well, I quit! And I’ll be returning this book, something I rarely do. I beg Dr. Greger and the publishers to re-record this extremely VALUABLE INFORMATION so that all of us can listen and spread the word on how to stop eating CRAP!

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  • Jacob
  • 2019-12-11

Such impactful material!

This book is so empowering, and immediately applicable. Science based nutrition should be the standard!

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  • Boris Vigec
  • 2019-12-11

Science based dieting

I love Dr. Michael Greger and how he talks so him reading his book is a bonus for me. If you want science based weight loss tips or health tips in general this book is the best that you can buy, period.

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  • Katy
  • 2020-05-07

Narrator is a Jeff Goldblum/William Shatner mashup

I heard great things about this book and was excited to be inspired to eat healthier. It's actually really hard to focus on the content because the narrator sounds like Jeff Goldblum doing a William Shatner impression, with lots of gravelly elongation of syllables and lingering sibilants. Normally I love it when an author narrates their own books, and it's obvious the author is passionate about the topic. But his style doesn't work for me.

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  • Alan N.
  • 2019-12-12

Content Fantastic. Author is UNLISTENABLE!

I do not know what Dr. Gregers deal is. The content presented is wonderful, insightful and thoughtfully presented. However, the way Dr Greger speaks is dang near unlistenable. His performance of the book, rather than just reading it, is destroyed because he wants to elongate every other word, slow down and speed up every other word after that. It's terrible. And I am shocked that the publisher didn't say anything. It was worse for this book than his last book. He sounds like a snake oil salesman even though he's not. Im not digging the shtick and I wish I could get my money back and just buy the book to avoid this nonsense.

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  • William T.
  • 2019-12-29

Good but how not to die much better

I felt this book was OK, the suggestions were for the most part small trivial things that were not realistic to implement and some unfounded, very technical.
I have read how not to die 7 times it was excellent and I have been plant based for 4 years now.

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  • Marie
  • 2019-12-22

Great Content, Horrible Narration

So distracting was the irregular cadence of the author's speech, I had to keep repeating the recording, which prolonged the torture of listening. Stick to your knitting, Doctor. Finally found that if I sped up to 1.25, that helped to regulate the speech to a tolerable level. What a shame, the material is soooo good. For this reason only, I recommend getting the text or kindle version.

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  • Bridget
  • 2019-12-23

Absolutely horrible narration

I listened to his How Not to Die book and the narration was very different. In this book he has a bizarre and beyond annoying manner. He enunciates in the strangest way with what sounds like an attempt to be comical ...which doesn’t work. I’m sure the material is valuable but listening to him made me want to scream. I’m returning the book. Bummer.

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